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Laurent Koscielny | Defensemen | #6

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/10/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 165

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Arsenal lost the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie with Bayern Munich by the same 5-1 score they lost the first leg by sending them crashing out and licking their wounds.
The first half started off well for the Gunners. Theo Walcott, in particular, had multiple opportunities early on and cashed in on one of them to at least provide a light of hope that the aggregate score would be respectable even if Arsenal were highly unlikely to overturn the four goal deficit. It was early in the second half, just after Olivier Giroud had put a golden opportunity for a second goal high of the target, that it all fell apart again. Laurent Koscielny committed a penalty on Robert Lewandowski and was sent off. From there Bayern converted the penalty and added four more for good measure. The aggregate final was 10-2. Another nail in the coffin of Arsene Wenger at the Emirates. Mar 7 - 4:44 PM

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Laurent Koscielny has recovered from the thigh injury he picked up in Munich and should be available to Arsene Wenger for the crucial Week 27 showdown with Liverpool at Anfield.

Talk about adding injury to insult. The possibility that Laurent Koscielny could have been lost for what will be an incredibly important match against Liverpool would have been incredibly hard for Arsenal supporters to take given that the Gunners also lost that match 5-1. They will still be hard pressed to beat Liverpool at Anfield given the Reds' excellent record against fellow big clubs since Jurgen Klopp's arrival. Still, the presence of Koscielny will at least give them a fighting chance. Without him they would certainly have been doomed at Anfield.
Mar 3 - 1:59 PM

Arsène Wenger admitted that Arsenal "collapsed" after Laurent Koscielny was forced off with a hamstring problem in Munich on Wednesday.

Alexis Sanchez scored in the Allianz Arena to restore parity in the first half, and at 1-1, Arsenal fans could have be forgiven for thinking that this could be there night. A draw against their German counterparts would've provide the perfect platform for the Gunners at the Emirates in the second leg. But the quarter-final tie was turned on its head within 10 minutes of the restart. Laurent Koscielny appeared to tweak his hamstring as he overstretched and during those moments following the introduction of Gabriel, the Arsenal defence looked all at sea as Lewandowski and Alcantara took full advantage. "Two goals was difficult to swallow – 53 and 56. We have to analyse that," mused a despondent Wenger. "It looked like we lost our organisation. Not only did we lose our centre-back, but a combination of mental and organisation." Koscielny will be assessed over the next 24-48hrs but will not be risked in the FA Cup at Sutton United on Monday.
Feb 16 - 3:24 AM

Arsenal saved it to the very last moment, literally, in a 1-0 win against Burnley at the Turf Moor with a dramatic finish.

The match-winner came from the unlikeliest of sources in defensive leader Laurent Koscielny, who found himself in the right place at the right time with a tap-in at the back post in the 93rd minute to crush Burnley's hopes of taking a point from the Gunners at home. Theo Walcott took a short corner and sent a dangerous cross to the back post straight into the path of Koscielny for the win and the three points. In true Arsenal fashion, the club could only manage two shots on target despite taking 18 shots before the goal. In team news, Granit Xhaka came into the lineup for the injured Francis Coquelin.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 02:04:00 PM

Arsene Wenger has eased the fears of Arsenal fans by declaring defender Laurent Koscielny fit for Tuesday's match in Paris.

Multiple reports in England ruled Koscielny out for the club's Champions League opener, its 20th consecutive season in the competition, against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday after he sustained a facial injury after being hit in the face in the club's win against Southampton on Saturday. Said Wenger after Koscielny trained with the club: "He's alright. He had a big knock on his face [after the Southampton game] but recovered quite well. I was concerned after the game that he wouldn't be available, but he's alright."
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 05:33:00 PM

Arsenal have been plunged into a defensive crisis just one week before the start of the new Premier League campaign after Arsène Wenger revealed Gabriel Paulista will miss the opener against Liverpool.

Gabriel joins Per Mertesacker in the treatment room and although the Arsenal boss did confirm Laurent Koscielny "is back in training [today]" he is unlikely to feature in GW1 due to a lack of fitness. The Gunners may now be forced into naming an improbable partnership of Rob Holding and Callum Chambers in the heart of defence. Chambers last started a Premier League match back in December 2015, while at 20-years-old, Holding is seen as one for the future following his £3m arrival from Bolton Wanderers. Arsenal have been closely linked to Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi and Jonny Evans of West Brom and could move quickly to bring in reinforcements.
Mon, Aug 8, 2016 06:19:00 AM

Laurent Koscielny is close to a return but Arsene Wenger indicated that Sunday's FA Cup quarter final would be too soon to expect him back.

Wenger didn't rule Koscielny out entirely for Sunday but it certainly sounded like that's the way things will break. With Arsenal expected to field a young team in Barcelona next mid-week Koscielny will likely return at Everton on the 19th.
Thu, Mar 10, 2016 09:42:00 AM

The news keeps getting worse for Arsenal as Laurent Koscielny will miss Saturday's North London Derby with a calf injury that also kept him out of the loss to Swansea on Wednesday.

After the match, Arsene Wenger confirmed that both Petr Cech and Koscielny would not be available to play against Spurs. That leaves a spine of David Ospina in net with Gabriel and Per Mertesacker in front of him. Not exactly what Arsenal supporters would have been hoping for in advance of what will surely be their biggest match of the season in both the title chase as well as their bitter rivalry with their North London neighbors.
Thu, Mar 3, 2016 09:25:00 AM

Laurent Koscielny returned to the Starting XI for Arsenal's FA Cup tie with Hull City, but the Gunners played to a frustrating 0-0 final, setting up a replay with the Tigers.

Arsene Wenger rested many regulars but still had plenty of firepower and class to get a result at The Emirates against the Championship side, but Eldin Jakupovic had an amazing 90 minutes between the sticks for the Tigers, making several highlight-reel saves. Wenger brought Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud on to boost the attack in the second half, but despite knocking on the door for the majority of the match, Arsenal simply couldn't break through. It is good news for Koscielny though, as the anchor of their defense played 90 minutes and is ready to help with their mounting fixture list.
Source: BBC Sport
Sat, Feb 20, 2016 09:40:00 AM

Arsene Wenger confirmed that Laurent Koscielny went through a fitness test unscathed as he works back from a thigh injury suffered against Leicester City.

Wenger hinted that Koscielny could be available for the weekend FA Cup match with Hull City, a rematch of the 2014 FA Cup final, if he continues to progress in training. The manager also said Gabriel has started running on flat ground but will miss the weekend. But with the Champions League showdown against Barcelona on Tuesday, Wenger said he will use the weekend to rotate a couple names into the mix while maintaining a strong first-team presence: "I will, as always, play a team who has a good chance to qualify. The normal squad is involved on Saturday. It is a normal squad and we’ll play a usual strong team."
Thu, Feb 18, 2016 06:37:00 PM

Arsenal are waiting to learn the extent of the injuries suffered by defensive duo Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista.

Gabriel was a notable absentee from the Arsenal starting line-up which took on Leicester City at the Emirates on Sunday. The Brazilian had started the last three games grabbing his chance in place of the suspended Per Mertesacker after the German was given a red card for a professional foul on Diego Costa in game week twenty-three. However, it was the 31-year-old who was back to partner Koscielny in the early kick-off – the club later confirmed Gabriel had suffered a minor hamstring strain. But the partnership only lasted for forty-five minutes as Koscielny was forced off at the break having sustained a dead leg. Fortunately, neither seems too serious and Arsene Wenger remains hopeful that he will have at least one of those available for the FA Cup 5th round match with Hull City. If not, the crucial Champions league first leg tie against Barcelona three days later is the target.
Sun, Feb 14, 2016 04:08:00 PM

It was an ugly performance but ultimately a winning one for Arsenal at the Emirates against Newcastle on Saturday.

The table-toppers looked for most of the day like the team struggling at the relegation end of the table while their visitors looked the more likely to score. Petr Cech made a great save on Georginio Wijnaldum to preserve the nil-nil draw until a late Laurent Koscielny off of a scramble in the box gave the Gunners a lead that they wouldn't relinquish. It looked a lot like the Norwich match but this one ended in a win rather than a draw.
Sat, Jan 2, 2016 12:25:00 PM

Laurent Koscielny faces a race against time to make this weekends’ game against Sunderland at The Emirates. The Arsenal defender limped off after just ten minutes at Norwich on Sunday.

Koscielny took a kick to hip early in the game which gradually stiffened until the Frenchman was unable to continue. Wenger revealed post-match that "even now, he can’t move at all, we’ll have to assess that." Brazilian defender Gabriel would come in to partner Per Mertesacker in the heart of defence if Koscielny fails to recover. Despite Gabriel being at fault for the Norwich equaliser [he was caught the wrong side of Lewis Grabban as he tried to win the ball] the former Villarreal defender can boast a pretty impressive record this season. From his six Premier League starts, Arsenal have managed to keep four clean sheets which includes blanks against Liverpool and Man United.
Source: NDTV Sports
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 05:53:00 AM

In the wake of the bombings last week in Paris, Arsene Wenger has indicated that he has yet to talk to Laurent Koscielny about his state of mind ahead of the Week 13 match against West Brom.

It may be indicative of nothing but both Koscielny and Olivier Giroud both featured in France's 2-0 loss to England in mid-week. One assumes that were Koscielny not in a proper state of mind to play that he would probably have been rested for what was, at least competitively speaking, a meaningless friendly. Still, Arsenal's web site saw fit to publish the comment so there's at least a small chance that Koscielny begs out of the Week 13 match against the Baggies. Fantasy managers should be ready with a replacement as appropriate on the off chance that the center back is rotated.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 02:00:00 PM

Arsene Wenger has indicated that Laurent Koscielny has a "slight chance" of returning to the Arsenal starting line-up for Sunday's North London Derby.

Fresh off of a pounding at the hands of Bayern Munich with Laurent Koscielny and Hector Bellerin both absent, Arsenal face the prospect of being without that duo for the North London Derby at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. The France international's absence will mean that Gabriel and Per Mertesacker will be paired in the center of defense against a Spurs side that has been playing very well. In Gabriel, the Gunners have a stronger deputy for Koscielny than they do for Bellerin but the real concern is that losing both mobile defenders will leave them vulnerable to the speed that Spurs can deploy going forward.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 10:54:00 AM